PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A teenager has been charged with arson and murder in the deaths of two family members in a Wood County fire in May.
Madison Wine, 16, was indicted Thursday and charged with first-degree arson and murder in the deaths of Robert Taylor, 58, and his wife, Charolette, 52, in Wood County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Jason Wharton recently ruled that Wine would be tried as an adult.
In May, investigators said a juvenile was taken into custody and charges were pending following the fire at a home on 72 Spruce Street in Davisville.
According to the state fire marshals office, the victims were Wine’s adoptive parents, with Charolette Taylor being her biological grandmother.
A 6-year old was also injured in the fire, suffering from smoke inhalation. Emergency personnel was able to revive the child after she was not breathing at the scene.
Both murder charges carry a potential sentence of life in prison. Other charges in the indictment include first-degree arson, attempted murder in relation to the child surviving and cruelty to animals, due to the dogs that died in the fire.
The trial for Wine is scheduled for January 8.